Best Medicine for flying anxiety

Flying can be extremely stressful for many people, especially on long-haul flights. People who have Aerophobia may get anxiety due to a feeling of not being in control of the situation while flying. This feeling shouldn't handicap you from travelling and therefore it is important to control this sort of anxiety. There are a few medicines that can help you deal with anxiety before, during and after your flight.

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Typical medicine that people take to get through their flight is Xanax or Valium, which are both anxiety specific medication. There are also sleeping pills that anxious flyers use, but it is important to note that taking these can have potential side effects and may also become addictive. Make sure to consult your doctor as to what medicine would suit you best, especially if you are pregnant or have any other health concerns.

Rather than taking medication, there are many other means of helping fight your anxiety. Before boarding a plane, you can exercise in order to physically tire out your body. Another technique is to distract your senses while flying and you can do this in many ways. Read a book, watch a movie, listen to soothing music or hold something that has a comforting effect on you.

If you are starting to feel anxious, another helpful tip is to concentrate on your breathing. Hold your breath for a few seconds and slowly release and breathe out for as long as possible, then inhale, hold and repeat. Another calming trick is to drink chamomile or peppermint tea while in flight. Avoiding caffeine or anything alcoholic is always advisable when flying as it makes you dehydrated, can worsen jet lag and disturb your natural sleep cycle.

A final option if you want to conquer the fear of flying is to try Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. You can work through negative thought patterns and behaviours to help you figure out what the triggers for your anxiety are. Triggers can differ for everybody but some common ones include turbulence, takeoff and landing.

There are also classes you can take that use computer simulations to reduce flying anxiety, which will allow you to experience the whole experience of flying without ever going anywhere. You can experience arriving at the airport, boarding a plane and walking around the cabin to help you overcome your fear. It will also familiarise you with various sounds that are common while flying.

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